The marital breakup of Donald and Maria Trump may have come as a bit of a surprise to Maria (PEOPLE, May 19) but not to our canny correspondents. Most had nothing kind to say about either party. As for our 16-page photo take on the dresses Princess Diana will be auctioning off, readers seemed to feel we just didn't know when to quit.
DONALD & MARLA TRUMP
Will the one person who actually thought this marriage would last please step forward and be recognized? ANGELA ROWE, via e-mail
Did Maria never hear the old adage "What goes around comes around"?
RENATE AMMANN, Selinsgrove, Pa.
So Maria wanted to introduce The Donald to "spirituality"? Hmm, I looked the word up in Webster's, and it said "attachment to religious values." Since when are committing adultery, depriving children of their father through divorce and giving birth out of wedlock classified as "religious values"? The real reason Maria couldn't introduce The Donald to spirituality wasn't because he wouldn't learn it, but because she wasn't qualified to teach it.
CAROLYN EIKSTEDT, via e-mail
As Jimmy Goldsmith once said, and as Maria is apparently learning, "The man who marries his mistress creates a vacancy in the position."
MARGARET BASCH, Schaumbur, Ill.
Divorce—what a shocker! Can you believe a two-timing egomaniac and a man-snatching bimbo can't make it work? This is Ivana's best revenge.
SHEILA MERRIMAN, Waikoloa, Hawaii
Hey, Donald, I agree with you 100 percent—that homeless man is worth $900 million more than you, debt or no debt!
AMY PALAZZO, Stirling, N.J.
I've always believed PEOPLE has an obsession with Princess Di and accepted it. But using 16 pages just to show pictures of her gowns going on auction is a little off the deep end. My advice to your Di-crazed writers—spend less time on her and more time in therapy!
TRACY WEBER, Boonville, Ind.
Di's gowns? Who gives a frock!
LINDA SOCOBY, Old Town, Maine
The layout of Di in beautiful gowns and simple but lovely hairdos was breathtaking. But the best part was that in not one picture did she have milk on her upper lip.
VERNA TURNER, New Port Rickey, Fla.
I have only one word for the explanation Eddie Murphy provided concerning his recent random act of kindness: Puh-llleeeezze!
CARMEN ANDERSON, Houston
I think Eddie Murphy is trying too hard to come across as another Tom Cruise
instead of facing up to the fact that he's just another Hugh Grant.
LORETTA GAVEL, via e-mail
So Marcia Clark blames everyone else—the judge, the defense attorneys, the media, even the jury pool—for her failure to convict O.J. Simpson. She ignores the obvious reasons: a bumbling police department, ill-fated stunts like the glove demonstration and relying on a witness, Mark Fuhrman, who could easily and justifiably be discredited. If justice was not served, it was not because of race or celebrity. It was because Miss Clark and her fellow prosecutors did not do their job.
SHARON L. OSTROWSKI, Chicago
Marcia Clark gave the impression that people with no college degrees and no jobs are incapable of intelligent thinking. I am a housewife, proud of it, and fit that profile. I have served on juries twice and certainly consider myself capable of doing so, as did the lawyers who chose me. Wake up, Marcia! That jury did not lose the case for you. You did that all by yourself. You and your college education!
SONDRA WEST, Lima, Ohio
Like William Shatner, I am afflicted with tinnitus. I was told by my first doctor nothing could be done, and I was preparing to commit suicide when I found out the American Tinnitus Association was there to help. With the help of God and my family, I made it through that very rough time. However, when I read recently that IBM is going to devote $700,000 to further computer-chess research, I had to wonder about our priorities. That amount donated for tinnitus research would be a great blessing for those of us who never know the sound of silence.
IRENE DUFFIELD, San Antonio